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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2009
    Chardonnay from Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009 Front Label
      Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
        Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
        Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Sea Smoke Cellars Gratis Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Sea Smoke Cellars Gratis Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
            Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
            Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Chappellet Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Chappellet Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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          • Domaine Dublere Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009  Front Label
            Domaine Dublere Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
            Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2009
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              • Bravium Reserve Thomson Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                Bravium Reserve Thomson Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
                Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Maldonado Los Olivos Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Maldonado Los Olivos Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                • Stony Hill Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Stony Hill Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
                    Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2009
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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